Crete tourist guide

The best Polish website dedicated to the Greek island Crete and to a small extent of continental Greece. You will find useful information related to visiting Crete that goes beyond the offer of optional tours. On the website you will also find descriptions of the most interesting places that we visited by visiting this largest Greek island. The content complements the current news, photographs and recipes of Greek cuisine.

Sfakia

The increasing number of tourists spending holidays in Crete means that in the northern part of the island, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find a place where you can rest from the hectic everyday life in peace. Overcoming the little over 30 kilometers of the city of Chania from the Sfakia poviat on the southern coast of Crete, it enters a completely different land, where the life of the White Mountains is much slower in the shadow of the White Mountains. The genesis of the name of this poviat will not surprise anybody who will break the road from the Imbros gorge to Hora Sfakion. The word "Sfax" means no more than a chasm, which seems to fit perfectly in the area where there are 14 gorges.

Panorama of the road to Hora Sfakion

From Imbros to Hora Sfakion

A few years ago, the route connecting Imbros and Hora Sfakion was considered very dangerous. In the film above, you can see the reasons for such a bad opinion and why the prospect of driving along this road made many tourists shiver. Currently, a significant part of the surface is renovated, and three tunnels have been hollowed out to avoid some dangerous tight corners. It is worth stopping at one of the car parks to admire the beautiful panorama that stretches here on the Libyan Sea. Arriving at the right weather, he even manages to spot the island of Gavdos on the horizon.



Passing the village of Hora Sfakion and leaving towards Anopoli, the last hotels and taverns set for tourists leave behind and enter a completely different world. Only a few years ago only a few tourists decided to cover the section of the road connecting Anopoli and Aradena. Since the old road has been rebuilt, the area of ​​Crete is much more accessible and attracts more tourists than it used to be. However, despite the fact that the new route is wide and encourages faster driving, you should still feel respect for tight corners, steep driveways, local drivers ... well, of course, and goats who are guided by their own internal and unpredictable road code. In many places, the widened road cuts deep into the mountain slope and is sometimes covered with rocky debris falling off the steep walls.

Kozy na drodze do Anopoli


Anopoli

On the top of the hill is the village of Anopoli, which is the largest village in this area. It is inhabited by 250 people and thousands of sheep and goats. In the central square there is a monument Daskalogiannis, who in 1770 was the leader of the rebellion against the Turks. In the town or in kafenio you can come across herdsmen dressed in traditional clothes. You can count on their typical Cretan hospitality seasoned with a glass of crayfish, but you have to remember that people with traditional views have a deeply rooted pride, so before taking a picture of such a person, it is worth asking for permission.

The road to Anopoli



Aradena

Three kilometers further there is a breathtaking abyss, over which the bridge bridging the two banks of the Aradena gorge is slung over. The steel crossing, which in the central part is separated from the ground by nearly 150 m, is at the leading position of the places where the longest bungee jumps are made. In the summer season, every weekend you can try your hand at this extreme sport. No less interesting experience is driving through this bridge. Crashing under the vehicle, uneven, sometimes heavily worn, wooden balls cause that many people begin to doubt the solidity of this construction. From personal experience I assure you that it is possible to cross this bridge. It is also worth to go for it on your own feet, the gap between the beams leaves a unique impression :).




People who value the beauty of nature can go on a hiking trip to the Aradena Gorge. There is a trail from the parking lot next to the small shop that allows you to descend to its bottom. Wild surroundings allow you to enjoy the aromas of herbs growing on them. Currently, Aradena has no permanent residents, and among the abandoned buildings only goats and sheep sneak.

Blooming herbs in Crete - thyme Herbs growing in the wild surroundings of the Aradena gorge



How to get?

Hora Sfakion is located on the southern coast of Crete, more or less on the same longitude as the Akrotiri peninsula. The New National Road offers definitely the quickest way of getting there. In Vryses you have to get off of it and head for Hora Sfakion.

Access map to Aradena

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Falasarna
Falasarna

Falasarna

W 2002 roku Falasarna zdobyła tytuł najlepszej plaży w Grecji. Wyróżnienie to nie jest bynajmniej przypadkowe, gdyż miejsce to jak na standardy Krety jest naprawdę unikalne.

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Elafonisi
Elafonisi

Elafonisi

Elafonisi is a small island located at the end of the southwestern edge of Crete. A characteristic feature of Elafonisi is the shallow lagoon connecting it with Crete.

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Elafonisi
Elafonisi

Elafonisi

Elafonisi is a small island located at the end of the southwestern edge of Crete. A characteristic feature of Elafonisi is the shallow lagoon connecting it with Crete.

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Chania Airport
Chania Airport

Chania Airport

This is the second largest airport (IATA code: CHQ) in Crete. In 2010, the airport in Chania served a total of over 1.65 million passengers.

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Chania - Xania
Chania - Xania

Chania - Xania

Chania (Χανιά) is the second largest (after Heraklion) city of Crete. The biggest advantage of Chania is the area of the Old Town and the beautiful Venetian Harbor.

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Aptera
Aptera

Aptera

Aptera is a city whose history dates back to at least a thousand years before our era. In the peak period, about 20,000 lived in it. people, of which only 1/5 were free people.

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Chania - Xania
Chania - Xania

Chania - Xania

Chania (Χανιά) is the second largest (after Heraklion) city of Crete. The biggest advantage of Chania is the area of ​​the Old Town and the beautiful Venetian Harbor.

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Sfakia
Sfakia

Sfakia

The genesis of the name of this poviat will not surprise anybody who will break the road from the Imbros gorge to Hora Sfakion.

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Frangokastello
Frangokastello

Frangokastello

Frangokastello is a small fortress that was built by the Venetians over four years from 1371. Initially, the castle was named after Saint Nikitas.

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Hrisoskalitissas
Hrisoskalitissas

Hrisoskalitissas

(Χρυσοσκαλίτισσα) The Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary with the Golden Step from the 17th century is the westernmost church building of this type.

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Hrisoskalitissas
Hrisoskalitissas

Hrisoskalitissas

(Χρυσοσκαλίτισσα) The Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary with the Golden Step from the 17th century is the westernmost church building of this type.

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The Omalos plateau
The Omalos plateau

The Omalos plateau

Omalos is a perfect starting point for exploring the Samaria Gorge. Located over 1,100 m above sea level extends over an area of 25 km2. Its size corresponds more or less to the size of the Lasithi Plateau.

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Kournas
Kournas

Kournas

Located 47 km from the city of Chania, it is the only freshwater lake in Crete. Its area is about 580 thousand. sqm. and the maximum depth is about 45 meters

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The Omalos plateau
The Omalos plateau

The Omalos plateau

Omalos is a perfect starting point for exploring the Samaria Gorge. Located over 1,100 m above sea level extends over an area of 25 km2. Its size corresponds more or less to the size of the Lasithi Plateau.

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Aradena
Aradena

Aradena

The steel crossing, which in the central part is separated from the ground by nearly 150 m, is at the leading position of the places where the longest bungee jumps are made.

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Chania - Xania
Chania - Xania

Chania - Xania

Chania (Χανιά) is the second largest (after Heraklion) city of Crete. The biggest advantage of Chania is the area of the Old Town and the beautiful Venetian Harbor.

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Sfakia
Sfakia

Sfakia

The genesis of the name of this poviat will not surprise anybody who will break the road from the Imbros gorge to Hora Sfakion. Word

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Chania Airport
Chania Airport

Chania Airport

This is the second largest airport (IATA code: CHQ) in Crete. In 2010, the airport in Chania served a total of over 1.65 million passengers.

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Chora Sfakion
Chora Sfakion

Chora Sfakion

Chora Sfakion is an extremely picturesque mountain village of the mountainous and wild Sfakia region

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Loutro
Loutro

Loutro

Loutro is famous for the fact that you can get to it only from the sea or walk on the mountain trail, because there is no other road here.

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Stavros
Stavros

Stavros

Stavros used to be a small fishing village. Today, it is primarily a tourist destination, but in a positive sense.

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Bear's Cave
Bear's Cave

Bear's Cave

The cave is less than 1 km from Moni Gouvernetou Monastery. You will reach it using the pedestrian trail that has been marked out along the slope of the Avlaki Gorge.

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Balos Lagoon
Balos Lagoon

Balos Lagoon

Balos is one of Crete's flagship beaches if not all of Greece. We can assure you that the landscapes you see during your trip to Balos will remain with you for a very long time.

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Moni Katholiko
Moni Katholiko

Moni Katholiko

Moni Katholiko is probably the oldest and most spectacular monastery in Crete. It is located 20 km north-east of Chania.

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Agia Triada Monastery
Agia Triada Monastery

Agia Triada Monastery

The Orthodox monastery of Agia Triada, located on the northern part of the Akrotiri peninsula, is one of the most beautiful and richest monasteries in Crete.

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Agia Triada Monastery
Agia Triada Monastery

Agia Triada Monastery

The Orthodox monastery of Agia Triada, located on the northern part of the Akrotiri peninsula, is one of the most beautiful and richest monasteries in Crete.

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Gouverneto Monastery
Gouverneto Monastery

Gouverneto Monastery

Gouverneto Monastery is probably the oldest active Greek Catholic monastery located on the Akrotiri peninsula near Chania.

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Imbros
Imbros

Imbros

The length of the trail leading through this place is about 8 kilometers and the difference in altitude is about 600m.

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Agia Roumeli
Agia Roumeli

Agia Roumeli

Agia Roumeli znajduje się na południowym wybrzeżu Prefektury Chania, pomiędzy miejscowościami Chora Sfakion i Paleochora.

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Souda
Souda

Souda

Until the early nineties, this place was known only to few tourists and local residents.

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Paleochora
Paleochora

Paleochora

Paleochora is a quite well-organized tourist town, with a beautiful large sandy beach

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Lissos
Lissos

Lissos

Ruiny starożytnego miasta Lissos znajdują się około 3,5 km od miejscowości Sougia na południowym wybrzeżu Krety.

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Samaria
Samaria

Samaria

Samaria is one of the most important tourist attractions located in the western part of Crete.

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Glyka Nera
Glyka Nera

Glyka Nera

Glyka Nera is one of the most spectacular beaches in Crete.

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Sougia
Sougia

Sougia

Sougia is a small town located in the southwest of Crete.

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Falasarna (excavations)
Falasarna (excavations)

Falasarna (excavations)

On the north-western coast of Crete, at the foot of the Gramovous peninsula, there are ruins of the ancient port of Korikos, later known as Falassarna.

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Krios
Krios

Krios

Krios Beach is located about 9 km west of Paleochora and it is also the last beach on this stretch of the southern coast

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Agia Sofia
Agia Sofia

Agia Sofia

Between the villages of Topolia and Koutsamatados there is an interesting cave known as Agia Sofia

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Milia
Milia

Milia

Milia is an authentic mountain settlement, which most probably dates from about the seventeenth century.

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Potamida
Potamida

Potamida

On the edge of the village of Potamida grows a complex of clay mounds called Komolithi (Komolithoi)

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Grammeno
Grammeno

Grammeno

Grammeno (Γραμμένο) is a beach that can be counted among one of the best and most beautiful beaches in this part of Crete.

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Redirected from the side - Sfakia and Aradena - the land of the chasm. The increasing number of tourists spending holidays in Crete means that in the northern part of the island, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find a place where you can rest from the hectic everyday life in peace. Overcoming the little over 30 kilometers of the city of Chania from the Sfakia poviat on the southern coast of Crete, it enters a completely different land, where the life of the White Mountains is much slower in the shadow of the White Mountains. The genesis of the name of this poviat will not surprise anybody who will break the road from the Imbros gorge to Hora Sfakion.

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